Mark Your Calendars for Our Annual Conference and Meeting
Join WVAM as we build our museum community and take over Charleston! Communities are ever expanding entities; people come and go, interests change over time, and new ideas and time-tested tactics must come into play to both maintain and build relationships. By strengthening our community ties, whether within our organization, county, state, or nationally, we can better serve as stewards and advocates for culture, science, and history.
We are now accepting Session Proposals for our 2018 Conference. Please fill out the downloadable form below and return a digital copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your form to
West Virginia Association of Museums
P.O. Box 4589
Morgantown, WV 26504
Deadline for proposals is October 15th.
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) proudly announces the 18th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2018). Scheduled for January 16 – 23, 2018, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations. The deadline for JIMI 2018 applications is October 15, 2017.
Located on historic Jekyll Island, GA, this highly successful training program provides a unique eight-day immersion for museum professionals seeking the opportunity to learn management, personnel and interpretive skills from leading experts. Sessions include management styles, administration and trusteeship, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, technology, developing exhibits, public relations, collections management, disaster preparedness, interpretation, volunteer management, and museum ethics.
Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is pleased to offer the John Kinard Scholarship Fund for two staff members of AAAM institutional museums or individual AAAM members to attend SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI). The two annual scholarships of $1,625 each will cover the tuition for JIMI and travel expenses. The John Kinard Scholarship Fund is established in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Created by an Act of Congress in 2003, the museum opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 2016. For information on the museum’s current programs and exhibitions visit www.nmaahc.si.edu or call 202 633-4751. Please note AAAM membership on your JIMI application. This scholarship is not available to employees of the Smithsonian Institution.
Applications for JIMI and the Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship, as well as directions for applying for other scholarships, are currently available at the website address shown below, with an October 15, 2017 deadline for submitting applications. JIMI is an SEMC program sponsored by Goosepen Studio & Press, Inc., Jekyll Island Museum and Historic Preservation, LaPaglia Companies, and North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties.
For additional information, contact Martha Battle Jackson, JIMI Administrator, 919. 733.7862, ext. 236, email@example.com; John Lancaster, 615.210.7933, firstname.lastname@example.org; or, Susan Perry, Executive Director, SEMC, 404.814.2048, email@example.com or, download an application at www.semcdirect.net.Read More About JIMI Here
To celebrate West Virginia’s birthday on June 20 from 2 to 4pm, the Humanities Council will open the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House for tours with light refreshments. Come visit Our Old House, enjoy a West Virginia-shaped cookie and learn about the 1836 house, a landmark property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Charleston’s seven antebellum houses. The house was built when Andrew Jackson was president and later used as a hospital during the Civil War.
“Celebrate West Virginia” is a weekend-long celebration of West Virginia Day! A kickoff celebration, held Thursday June 22 from 4-7 PM at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, will feature live music and food. Representatives from museums and historic sites in the community will present family-friendly activities and information about their organization.
Throughout the weekend, area museums and historic sites will have special, family-friendly events (all of which will be free). Participating organizations are Spark! Imagination and Science Center, Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, Art Museum of WVU, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Old Hemlock Foundation, Monongalia Historical Society, WVU Libraries/West Virginia & Regional History Center, and Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.
Old and Rare Book Workshop
West Virginia and Regional History Center
May 26, 2017
10am to 2pm
Join the West Virginia Association of Museums for their 2017 educational workshop series as Stewart Plein and Crystal Wimer share their expertise and demonstrate hand-on preservation methods for the conservation and care of old and rare books. The workshop will begin with a tour of the Rare Book Room where preservation and conservation issues of old books will be discussed. The second half of the workshop will be hands-on where participants will learn how to preserve their collection’s fragile books with step by-step instruction in constructing a phase box. Phase boxes are archival boxes that protect fragile or valuable volumes. Books, preservation supplies, and handouts will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own old book from their collection that would benefit from the protection of a phase box.
$15.00 for WVAM Members
$25.00 for Non-Members
*Lunch and Materials are included*
Registration is REQUIRED. Please contact Bekah Karelis at 304-830-3485 by May 22 to reserve your seat!
Sunday, May 14th
Seating from 1pm to 3:30pm
Guests for this day are treated to the mouthwatering down home cooking of Adaland’s long time cook, Lucy Williamson. The buffet table will be laden with two entrees, a collection of sides, salad with Lucy’s famous dressing, homemade bread, and a sideboard of luscious desserts. Adaland’s signature peach iced tea and coffee round out the afternoon meal that has become a favorite of many visitors. Adults $20.00 plus tip. Children $10.00 plus tip. Reservations are required and limited to 10 per caller. Reservations for six or more must be paid in advance. Credit card, check or cash accepted with 10% house gratuity.
Call 304-457-2415 for Mother’s Day Buffet Dinner tickets
Reservations of six or more must be paid in advance.
Has your organization recently created an exhibit, publication, program, or project with an innovative approach to interpreting West Virginia history? If the answer is “YES,” then you should consider nominating your organization for an American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Award.
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October 14, 2016 at the Olgebay Mansion Museum from 9-3
Workshop leaders Fawn Valentine and Toni Ogden will demonstrate their methods for discovering what pieced or woven textiles can tell us, information that allows for interpretation beyond the obvious visual appeal of these bed coverings. Even without a maker’s name or date of construction, there are clues in fabric and fiber to guide curators, conservators, and textile-lovers to add to the history of the item and the story it has to tell.
$10.00 for WVAM members
$20.00 for non-members
*Lunch is included*
Registration is REQUIRED. Please call 304-830-3485 by October 12 to register.